In a heavy bottom skillet, heat oil. Add onions and beef; cook till beef is no longer pink; drain; return beef and onions to skillet
Add tomatoes (with liquid), ground cumin, and chile powder; allow mixture to cook until tomatoes are tender and their liquid has thickened
Add drained black beans;
Prepare rice according to directions
Add cooked rice to beef mixture; top with shredded cheese; bake 15 minutes or until cheese has melted
Garnish with chopped cilantro, sour cream or avocado (optional)
What Type of Beef Should I Use for Mexican Skillet Supper?
Lean ground beef works best. After browning the beef and onions, drain off any oil, add beef and onions back to the skillet, then add remaining ingredients.
What Type of Beans Should I Use for Mexican Skillet Supper?
Black beans work really well in this recipe, however, pinto or red kidney beans will work well, too. Black beans have more antioxidants than other beans. If you use canned beans, rinse and drain them before adding them to the skillet.
Can I Make This Recipe In Advance?
This dish is perfect for large groups and can easily made in advance. To make it in advance, simply compile the cooked ingredients into a 9 x 13 baking dish, cover and refrigerate. When you're ready to serve, add cheese, cover with foil and bake about 20 minutes; remove the foil and bake an additional 5 - 8 minutes, or until the cheese is thoroughly melted.
What Side Dishes Should I Serve with the Mexican Skillet Supper?
Chips, salsa, guacamole or queso go well with this one-pan dish. Another side might be a fresh green salad, or grilled peaches or pineapple.